How do you teach Creative Writing at The Write Corner?
At The Write Corner, teachers spend a substantial amount of time to teach the children a set of Creative Writing Skills (such as Show-Not-Tell, 5 Senses, Speech + Speech tag + Action Tag, Varied Sentence Structures, Ways to say “Said”, Personification etc.) These skills are reinforced weekly to ensure that they are familiar with how to use and apply them in their work.
Through the teachers’ close guidance and clear, instructional materials, we help our students apply these skills to their writing weekly.
Students will write a composition every week and we cover as many themes/topics/story ideas as we can throughout the year. For more complex topics like ‘dilemma’ or ‘loyalty’, the compositions will be completed across two weeks. As the students progress up each level from Primary 1 to 6, more advanced skills, phrases and themes will be introduced to them.
What makes The Write Corner DIFFERENT from the other centres?
We strictly run small classes of ONLY 6 students and this promotes higher interaction between the teachers and the students. Not many centres offer such a low student-teacher ratio.
Our small classes of 6 allow our teachers to give every individual close attention and guidance. This is particularly helpful and important for writing classes. Teachers are able to do detailed marking and give meticulous feedback on your child’s progress.
Our learning materials are also specially curated by our curriculum specialists and senior teachers. They are improved frequently to ensure clarity and effectiveness. We are also up to date with the latest MOE syllabus.
Our teachers are trained, dedicated and passionate! We do our best to ensure that every child learns at The Write Corner regardless of ability.
Do note that our Secondary English Mastery Class has a class size of 7 students.
Is there a trial class?
Yes. Your child may attend a trial class before deciding if our programme is suitable for him/her.
Is there homework given?
Yes. All students are required to do a draft 2 of every composition written in class. Draft 2 is the corrected copy of their draft 1. This helps them to learn from their mistakes, revise their story plot, impressive phrases, sentence structures and other skills taught in class.
If the student is unable to finish what was tasked for that day, they will have paragraphs to complete at home. Over time, as they familiarise themselves with the skills, phrases and the writing duration, they should be able to finish what is tasked for the lesson.
Would my child be able to catch up in the Creative Writing class if he/she is weak in English?
As we run a small class of ONLY 6 students, the teacher is typically able to give enough attention to all students, including the students who might not be able to catch up as quickly as the rest.
Attending a creative writing class should help to improve your child’s overall English Language competency. Through the writing process, they are able to put practice their usage of grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
Over time, as the students practise what is taught in class and learn to apply them in school, they should be able to see an improvement in their composition grades.
However, there are some instances where we recommend students to attend a regular English class instead of a Creative Writing class.
Should I attend all four terms?
We strongly encourage that students attend all four terms as we teach different creative writing skills and cover different topics every term. Attending the classes for the whole year will provide the students with a well-rounded experience at The Write Corner.
How long will my child take to improve?
Progress differs from child to child. Some students see good improvement within 3 to 6 months of attending The Write Corner, while others take longer. For children who have a weaker foundation in their sentence structures, grammar, spelling, punctuations, teachers will spend more time building their foundation before focusing on other more complex aspects of writing.
Ultimately, beyond attaining stellar grades, we believe that providing the platform for students to write, practise, make mistakes and revise their drafts weekly will benefit them in the long run. The important language and writing skills acquired will prepare them for their examinations and beyond.
Will there be lessons on Public Holidays?
No, there are no lessons on Public Holidays.
What if my child can’t make it for one lesson due to school activities or illness?
Make-up classes can be arranged in the same week. We run our weekly lessons from Wednesday to Saturday.
If you are going to miss your class on Saturday, kindly let us know in advance so we can arrange for a make-up class. Students will not be able to attend a make up class on Week 9 for a Week 8 lesson.
If your child is unwell or has school activities, we can pro-rate your fees or credit the fees you have paid for, to the following term (maximum twice a term) – with valid supporting documents i.e Medical Certificate or a school letter. Other emergency reasons will be reviewed on a case-to-case basis. There will be no refund of fees.
Are Primary 1 students suitable for this course? Is it too early to start?
Most Primary 1s are suitable for The Write Corner’s creative writing programme. Students are exposed to a wide range of interesting story plots, good language and writing skills.
As young writers, a lot of guidance is given throughout the lesson. It is common for some P1s to struggle with spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence construction and coming up with logical plot ideas. With practice and guidance from our teachers in a small class, they should see gradual improvement in these areas.
However, there are instances where we recommend students to attend a regular English class before joining our creative writing class.
We will suggest for the student to try for about a term so we can more accurately assess if he/she is suitable for the class.